Great news today where Billionaires step in to teach kids to code. Bill Gates and Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg will be teaching kids how to code this year. A great example of how important it is for even the richest people to give back and embrace tomorrows generation of engineers and entrepreneurs.
I am delighted to announce another positive initiative to teach kids how to code. This one is founded by 2 Entrepreneurs I know personally and have worked with in my technology career. The initiative is called CodeMontana.Org. Founded by entrepreneurs Greg Gianforte and Rob Irizarry, CodeMontana encourages high school students to learn computer programming and pursue computer science degrees in the state of Montana. The program is open to all high school students throughout Montana and there is no entrance fee.
Participants will compete for up to $10,000 worth of prizes, and enroll in online self learning computer courses that you can access at CodeMontana.Org. The goal of the program is to introduce 1,000 Montana students to computer science by enrolling online. I had the chance to catch up with the founders, and here are a couple of things they noted around the inspiration behind their non profit company.
“We are just not graduating enough computer scientists in Montana,” said Greg Gianforte. “Montana State University and University of Montana combined graduated just 37 students in computer science this past spring for an estimated 400 available jobs statewide. Starting salaries for computer science graduates in Montana range from $45K to $85K. That is a great Montana wage.”
“Montana’s opportunity to participate in the high tech economy is unlimited if we provide our young people with education in computer science,” said Rob Irizarry. The reality is that not enough high schools students are enrolling in computer science programs in college, so CodeMontana brings high school students from across the state to introduce them to the exciting and important world of computer software development.”
Great inspiration from two of the best entrepreneurs I know. Make sure you spread the word and follow this initiative.
Greg Gianforte founded RightNow Technologies and sold the company to technology giant Oracle. He is founder of Bozeman Technology Incubator. A company that helps Montana entrepreneurs.
Rob Irizarry has worked for over a decade at RightNow technologies, and founded Startup Bozeman. An online resource and community for Montana entrepreneurs.
Do you have a desire to teach your kids how to write computer software at the convenience of your own home? Staging Changes now introduces Live Virtual Training classes for parents who want to teach their kids how to code at the convenience of your own home. All that is required is a Computer, and Internet Access. We recommend a web cam for a more interactive and collaborative classroom experience with other kids.
How it works?
- Your kids use a Browser, to access video and a Web Conferencing experience that enables a virtual class environment.
- Signup on the StagingChanges.Org website.
- Details about your next class and instructions will be emailed to you.
What will your child learn?
- This class will teach your child how to build their own Raspberry Pi computer and tech your child the basic components to a computer including and not limited to installing an Operating system, Assembling the Circuit Board, Applying a Case, Connect it to a keyboard, mouse and monitor. Upon building the PC, your child will learn to boot the computer, connect to the internet and begin learning basic programming using the device.
- We will also introduce your child to Scratch (programming language). With Scratch, your child will learn to program their own interactive stories, games, and animations. They will also learn the concepts of programming using Video Games, and Visual Animation.
- Upon completing their initial lab work and exercises, kids will then get to open up actual video games and modify the code and tailor it to their liking.
What is the cost?
- There is a small administrative fee of $30 once you have confirmed interest in the program. This goes towards continuing the program and software used to manage the training room.
How do I sign up?
If you think that your child will benefit from this course, Enroll Now by filling out the form below:
This is great news to hear. Dr. Franklin Perkins School, a special education institution, is one of the schools that is now utilizing the iPad in the classroom.
The Director of Education for the school, David Cook, offered some insight.
“We took out a loan with the understanding that we will have fundraising efforts and, hopefully, grant opportunities, to pay back with this endeavor,” said Cook.
Teachers say that the iPad can be helpful for tailoring each student’s assignments based on their needs. Even though this is additional work for the teachers, Cook says it’s worth it see the positive impact the technology has on the children’s education.
Apple has made the new iOS 7 software available today. While its a drastic change in interface from iOS 6, change is not necessarily a bad thing. If you are thinking about making the switch, heres what you need to do:
Make Sure You Have A Compatible Device
iOS 7 will only work on iPhones that are iPhone 4 and later, Retina display iPads, iPad 2, and the fifth-generation iPod touch. iOS 7 comes on the new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, available September 20.
Carve Out Some Time
Historically, Apple makes its software available around 1pm on the release day. When lots of people download it at the same time, it crowds Apples servers. If you can wait, try downloading iOS 7 in a few days. If youre impatient, be prepared for a sluggish download.
If you back up your iPhone or iPad to iTunes, or if you plan to install iOS 7 from iTunes, make sure you are running the latest version 11.0.